In 1904, this tramway at Maropiu, Northland, had such a steep grade it required a brakeman riding on each bogie (small cart). They both wound hand cranks that pressed board brakes onto the faces of each wheel. It was very dangerous work. On a nearby tram in that same year, a brakeman was crushed to death by a log when a bogie wheel collapsed.
Listen to Alec Brownlee talk about the tramways that brought logs to the mills on the West Coast.
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